- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Prince George’s County Circuit Court grand jury on Wednesday indicted a former teacher’s aide on 270 criminal counts including child abuse, sex offense and child pornography.

Deonte Carraway, 22, of Glenarden, was charged with sexually assaulting at least 23 children who attended Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School on campus and outside of school between August and February, according to Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. The children ranged in age from 9 to 13.

“We hope to remove him from our county permanently,” Ms. Alsobrooks said at a Wednesday media briefing.

Mr. Carraway also faces federal charges. It is not yet known whether the federal case or the state case will go to trial first.

Even if Mr. Carraway is convicted in federal court, Ms. Alsobrooks said she will still proceed with all charges in Prince George’s County.

The defendant faces multiple life sentences on the state’s charges alone. He is currently in federal custody.

The state also has initiated a concurrent investigation to identify any school officials or workers who might have had information about Mr. Carraway’s activities but did nothing to stop him or notify authorities.

Principal Michelle Williams was placed on paid leave days after Mr. Carraway was arrested in February, and a civil lawsuit against the school system says she didn’t follow up or alert local authorities when parents and teachers voiced suspicions about his behavior.

Along with his duties at the elementary school, Mr. Carraway was also director for the Glenarden Voices of Youth Choir. He was arrested Feb. 4 after the uncle of one victim reported seeing a sexually explicit image on the child’s cellphone that had been sent to Mr. Carraway via the messaging app Kik.

Ms. Alsobrooks said she structured the charges so that no children will have to appear in court to testify against Mr. Carraway. She said video evidence, as well as several cellphones used by the former teacher’s aide, would be enough to convict Mr. Carraway.

The state’s graphic, 116-page indictment said Mr. Carraway “threatened, pressured, enticed, and/or coerced children” into having sex with him and each other.

Prosecutors said Mr. Carraway made videos of minors having sex with each other at the elementary school, as well as an unidentified church in Maryland and other locations. He also allegedly made videos showing himself having sex with a 9-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy.

A federal affidavit showed that police found 38 videos of children engaged in sex acts with Mr. Carraway or each other. The videos were recorded at the school as well as homes of some of the victims and in the basement of an unidentified residence.

Each federal charge of child pornography carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years. Mr. Carraway faces up to 120 years in federal prison along with his charges from the state.

Investigators combing through Mr. Carraway’s electronics also are trying to figure out how he had the time and money to dedicate to videotaping the students.

Officials haven’t yet said whether Mr. Carraway sold or shared the videos or had any accomplices.

Since Mr. Carraway’s arrest, county schools have instituted extra training for workers who come into contact with children and are developing reporting standards for accusations of child abuse.

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said investigators logged about 3,000 hours talking with victims, witnesses and family members.

“All of our child exploitation cases are horrible,” Mr. Rosenstein said in February. “This case is particularly disturbing.”

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